Nasal Rinse: Why Does it Leave You Sneezing?

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Sneezing! We all do it. From weeds to trees, from kittens to wool mittens, there are many things that set our noses off. Nasal rinse? Sometimes! A small number of people who are new to nasal rinses might notice a few initial sneezes as a side effect.

The good news is that this side effect doesn’t last. But, why does it happen? And what are the other drawbacks?

Why we sneeze

Sneezing is a natural reaction and something everybody experiences, some more than others.  You don’t have to be sick, allergic, or one of Snow White’s dwarves to sneeze every now and then. A sneeze occurs when something gets inside the nose and triggers our nerve endings to react. These nerves send a signal to the brain, cueing it to remove whatever has invaded. This is why a sneeze is forceful: it’s designed to expel.

Nasal rinsing, because it’s introducing saline solution into the nasal passages, can elicit a sneeze by priming the nerve endings the same way dust, allergens, or pepper might.

It doesn’t affect everybody, but for those who do find themselves sneezing, rest assured: it will subside the more the nasal rinse is used. The nose likes to know what’s going on: anything new is sure to make it act a little funny. But this is only temporary.

Remember: the more you irrigate your sinuses, the greater the benefits become.

ResQRinse is a new nasal rinsing system that uses choanal occlusion, a process that eliminates the negative side effects of other devices. ResQRinse helps your nasal health by delivering the saline rinse directly through the nasal cavity. To learn more about the wonders it can do for your nose, please check out these informative videos.